Hundreds of Acadiana residents assembled in Putnam Park across from the federal courthouse in downtown Lafayette for a TEA party, one of thousands held nationwide that kept Fox News spellbound for the better part of tax-deadline day. TEA is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already and makes allusion to the Boston Tea Party; it's a protest against government spending, burgeoning deficits, bank and auto bailouts, the roll back of the Bush tax cuts, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Because the organizers of the Lafayette TEA event failed to secure a permit in the prescribed time, they were unable to erect a stage or use a public-address system. Instead, speakers took turns using a bull horn to address the crowd. Based on the signs carried by participants, their grievances were many: anti-stimulus spending, complaints of encroaching socialism, one branding Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel a fascist. The gathering, however, was peaceful, if not energetic, watched over at the margins by Lafayette Police officers and curious onlookers and fussed over with live coverage by local news channels.
The tea bag movement has been the object of derision and humor among many on the left, in part for its earnestness, but also because of its unintended reference to a certain sexual activity practiced by gay men. Organizers of some TEA gatherings had urged supporters to be wary of liberals with video cameras trying to capitalize on the double meaning of the term “tea bagging.” A YouTube video viewed more than 78,000 times makes reference to the entendre. Be warned: The video gets a bit salty at times.
Shopping with the family
kiki hosting designer’s latest
Laid back cuts for the NOLA Bowl
Flavors of mama’s holiday sweet treat with a twist
Homeschooling and curriculum options
The can't-miss event for kids
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 06, 2013
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Get a map to your doctor’s office, check the status of a claim and more with Blue Cross’ new iPhone/Ipad app.
“Shell’s abrupt decision to cancel its North American GTL project just 10 weeks after concluding a multi-year site-selection process is obviously very disappointing news,” LED Secretary Stephen Moret tells Daily Report.
Giveaways and goodies at Martial
The quirky songwriter showcase takes over the stage at Blue Moon Saloon Saturday night for a final go-round with all-new performers.
JV offers two-day deal
Learning to let go
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Cocktails and deals for the holidays
New York Times best-selling author talks Hollywood, the death penalty and the pitfalls of runaway campaign spending.
NOLA Bowl ready with tribal prints
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.